(1) Lewis,Richard (1806) - Moldovan,John (1814) [B20]
Garden State Chess League 2010-11 Kenilworth, NJ (2), 04.11.2010
[Moldovan & Firebird 1.2]
B20 Sicilian Defense
This varies from the previously played Bg2. On the plus side, the advance gains space, the e4 square and opens the light-squared B's line but, on the minus, it reduces the Bb2's scope and yields the f5 & d5 squares. [5.Bg2
Gipouloux - P. Monbet Dufau : Mont de Marsan 2006) 7.0-0
Thiel - Hunger : Correspondence, E. Germany 1988]
see our game from the May 2009 Kenilworth Intra-Club match.]
stopping the following; and 4...d5
are the most frequent replies; having been played 15 & 10x respectively.]
/\ ...Ne7-f5 [I didn't want to yield more ground with 5...Nd5
but that wouldn't have been bad.]
followed by ...0-0 & ...f6 was a good alternative.]
This gives-up an Exchange for virtually nothing. The P @ d6 will only be a minor nusience. [15.0-0=
would have picked-up a P but I wasn't feeling well (I've had a cold all week) and just wanted to trade into an endgame, even if sacking a chip was involved. ]
[I should have played 24...Qb4-+
; or 24...Qa3-+
This is the position I was aiming for at move 15 but converting it into a win won't be easy. White's going to have to err.
Afterwards, Richard told me he played the K-side Ps "all wrong." [>=31.a3-/+
, keeping the status-quo there.]
Best... [...but, with my team ahead 2-0, 34...Kh7
& a draw-offer was a good alternative.]
This makes the R too passive and leaves my monarch out of play. [35...Kg6!!
, threatening 37...Rf3+ 38.Be3 Rxe3+! 39. Kxe3 g3, etc. , was murderous.] Now the game becomes complex.
; or even 36...Ra1
This puts the team's victory in danger. [42...Rc5-+
) would have put White on top.]
Having had enough drama, Black offers a draw in a drawn position.
holds but a full point was needed.]
Black again offers a draw, this time in a winning position.
White accepts, conceding the match.
Time left - Lewis 16:15 (or so), Moldovan 6:31
Estimated time used - Lewis 62:45, Moldovan 72:29
Longest think by White - 7 minutes for 30.h3
Longest think by Black - 10 minutes for 42...Rxe3+??